Tom Hanks has officially signed to make his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy, the play Nora Ephron was writing when she died. He’ll play Daily News columnist Mike McAlary, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for his columns about police brutality and later died at age 41. Hanks had been circling the role since this spring, but producers didn’t make an official announcement until today. The show’s scheduled to go into previews March 1 and run through May 19, which is plenty of time for Tom Hanks to charm the hell out of everyone with fun, goofy, self-aware antics.
Actor Tom Hanks (L) and actress Rita Wilson arrive at HBO’s Annual Emmy Awards Post Awards Reception at the Pacific Design Center on September 23, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images